The Highcliff Road war memorial
The Dunedin Returned and Services' Association (RSA) is
upset after drugs paraphernalia was found marring a war
Last week, a Keep Dunedin Beautiful Adopt-A-Spot volunteer
discovered some bongs at the Highcliff Rd war memorial on the
Four bongs used to smoke marijuana were found while the
volunteer was tidying the area.
Dunedin RSA president Jenepher Glover said it was really
saddening to hear about the bongs.
"It's a desecration," she said.
"To think that someone would disrespect the people who fought
by smoking drugs there is abhorrent."
A second Keep Dunedin Beautiful volunteer recently found
butane canisters apparently used in "huffing" while she was
cleaning her adopted area, the Arthur St Reserve.
"It's very worrying because there are so many schools in that
area," Keep Dunedin Beautiful co-ordinator Darlene Thomson
"It's lovely that we have so many wonderful volunteers
cleaning up places in Dunedin - it's just sad what they're
Both the canisters and the bongs were reported to police.
The discoveries come in the wake of 27-year-old Dunedin man
Joshua Robert Tunnicliffe being found dead in the Dunedin
Botanic Garden on November 4 surrounded by empty butane
Dunedin community constable Heather Rei said drug users were
likely to use drugs in public places as well as their own
She said the misuse of drugs in public places was a huge
problem but she was not aware of any increase in abandoned
drug paraphernalia being found in public places.
Const Rei said it was unusual for drug users to leave their
Drug users would often have to drive to reach these locations
and anyone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
was of concern to police, she said.
She advised people to bring any drug-related paraphernalia
they found to police so it could be disposed of properly.